Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Día Event! Oregon Shadow Theatre presents "Anansi the Spider" Wednesday at 4 pm.

It's been awhile since we've posted here. We're in the process of redoing our website and will be merging this blog with our other library blog. In the meantime, we have an exciting program at the library this week!

This Wednesday! Join the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, as hundreds of libraries throughout the country host special multicultural events in celebration of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day). 

To celebrate Día (Diversity in Action), Oregon Shadow Theatre will be here presenting "Anansi the Spider" on Wednesday, April 30th at 4 pm in the Main Meeting Room of the Corvallis Library. This will be an amazing shadow puppet show! Anansi the Spider is a West-African trickster tale that is sure to entertain the whole family!

The West African trickster Anansi the Spider is brought to life by the Oregon Shadow Theatre. As shadow puppeteer Deb Chase manipulates and gives voice to the puppets from behind the shadow screen, Mick Doherty works in view of the audience providing music, voices, and sound effects, and acting as a storyteller. Marimba, Ghanaian hand drum, and thumb piano are among the many instruments and sound effects devices used. The colorful shadow puppets are based on African designs. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Raising My Rainbow Author Visit

Lori Duron is the author of Raising My Rainbow - a poignant, heartbreaking, and laugh-out-loud funny memoir that explores the joys and challenges of raising a gender-creative child. She’ll be speaking at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library on October 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the Main Meeting Room.

Parents of Gender Nonconforming children are invited to a special visit with Lori Duron at the library before her talk from 6:00-6:30 pm. This session is free but sign up is required; parents can email Robin Fosdick at robin.fosdick@corvallisoregon.gov to register.

If any member of the public has a disability and needs accommodations to attend this event, please call 541-766-6794.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Hilton Garden Inn. Grass Roots Books and Music will have books available for sale at the event.

For more information, check out the event flyer here, contact the library, or visit Lori Duron's blog.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Pick of the Week: Good Night, Sleep Tight

Have you ever wanted to remember or practice the rhymes you hear in storytime? Well, some of our favorites appear in Mem Fox's new book Good Night, Sleep Tight. Siblings Bonnie and Ben have a favorite babysitter, Skinny Doug, who tells them nursery rhymes at bedtime. This is a fun rhyming bedtime book full of favorites like "It's Raining, It's Pouring!", "This Little Piggy," "Round and Round the Garden," and "This is the Way the Ladies Ride."
Good Night, Sleep Tight by Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek (Orchard Books, 2013)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer Reading suggestions

Happy Summer Reading! Summer Reading is here and we're having a great time at the library! A lot of kids in our community have taken the summer reading pledge to read everyday this summer. By completing the Summer Reading Program, these kids are helping the library earn a new display case for the entrance into the Inez Campbell Children's Room. The Friends of the Library are generously donating the funds for this project.

Need some inspiration on what to read this summer? We've created lists of some of our favorite (new and old) books for kids of all ages:
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Lulu and the Duck in the Park
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Summer Vacation

We'd love to hear what you're enjoying this summer, too! Leave a comment or stop by and tell us in person!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Teddy Bear Picnic: June 27th

You're invited to the annual Teddy Bear Picnic at Central Park (across from the library) on Thursday, June 27th, at 10 a.m.

Come listen and dance to music by PBS Kids' Aaron Nigel Smith and meet Olivia the Pig! 

Bring a blanket, camera, and your favorite stuffed animal. It's going to be FUN! 

Thank you to the Friends of the Library for their generous support of the summer reading program!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Summer Reading is Here!

Summer Reading Program
Kids Ages Birth - 12 years old.

click here for a printable PDFReading Log Instructions PDF

 Find out more on our Summer Reading page!

"Dig Into Reading!" is the theme of the 2013 Summer Reading Program for children; the library is the perfect place to curl up with newly discovered stories or old favorites. Explore a database and learn a new language, or attend a fun program.

Research shows that kids who read during the summer do better in school in the fall. The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library has books, recorded and downloadable books, magazines, databases, and knowledgeable staff to help you find the perfect story. Keep your mind active and your brain cells revved. Enjoy storytimes, live entertainment, R.E.A.D Dogs, and more @ Your Library.

This summer kids can help install a Discovery Wall in the entrance to the Kids Area of the library! Featuring display space for the community and library, the Discovery Wall will provide an exciting and informative entry into Youth Services.

For every book read, the Friends of the Library will provide a monetary contribution to help make the Discovery Wall a reality. By reading tons of books this summer, kids will have a chance to make a contribution to the library that the entire community can enjoy.

Track your reading this summer & help the library build a special display case for the entrance to the Children’s Room! Pick up your reading log, summer reading bag, and other materials at the Corvallis Library today!

Please call 541-766-6794 for program questions.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Meet a Youth Services Librarian: Robin

Have you ever wanted to learn more about your local librarians? In a continuing blog post series, we'll be featuring short interviews with our Youth Services Librarians to help you get to know us a little better. Our first librarian to be featured was Dana

Today's featured librarian is Robin Fosdick. Our patrons often refer to her as the "tall, dark-haired librarian" whom introduced many toddlers in our community to the "sleeping bunnies" song at story time. Those of us privileged to work with Robin know her as a champion of teen library services, a voracious graphic novel reader, a dog lover, doll collector, chocolate lover, graphic designer, and the go-to person for vampire, zombie, and faerie book recommendations. 

Robin celebrating a childhood birthday.

What did your friends/family say when you began working as a librarian?

My grade school librarian, Ms. Ernst, said to my mother, "What took her so long to figure that out?" I practically lived in the library as a child.

What is your favorite children's book?

The Rescuers by M. Sharp, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle, and anything with ghosts or time travel or dolls...

What is your favorite aspect of your job?

Buying all the graphic novels for the library. YAY! Comics! Manga!...Making the kittens at the Reference Desk say, "meow!" when little kids pet them. (The kittens are part of the sculpture that sits on the desk.)

Do you have a unique talent?

Hello Kitty Radar - I always, always know whenever there's something cool by Sanrio/Hello Kitty anywhere around me. That exact pink color makes my subconscious go SQUEEEEE!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I collect dolls and toys - my house looks like a toy store!